march, 20, 1998
PLEASE go to: http://www.newhumans.com/chiapas/automail.html
punch in your ident, and hit the [Send E-Mail!] button.
Of course, doing the above isn't "All it takes" to stop the war in Chiapas, but it does serve the cause of life and it is an effective tool to employ on behalf of people both courageous and desperate in their mortal struggle with the government of Mexico, a government supported by, and militarily and economically dependent upon, the United States. i attended a fund-raiser for Chiapas at Estrellita's Restaurant in January. It was very clear how much pressure & attention from the international community on officialdom has made the difference between life-and-death for the people of Chiapas, and between wholesale suppression of government-sanctioned and implemented murder and the possibility of forcing the Big Seam to stop this war on indigenous people. Leveraging the ability to communicate with people worldwide, and to marshal voices via electronic means, the Zapatista's have been able to resist the all-too-real "living" corpse-borgs in a way not previously manifested.
essays by Harry Cleaver :
In the narrow terms of traditional military conflict, the Zapatista uprising has been confined to a limited zone in Chiapas. However, through their ability to extend their political reach via modern computer networks the Zapatistas have woven a new electronic fabric of struggle to carry their revolution throughout Mexico and around the world.
"The Zapatistas and the Electronic Fabric of Struggle" 11/95
At this point in history, policy thinking about human relationships
with Nature seems unable to escape either the whirlpool of
Neoliberalism or the mist-shrouded dangers of sustainable development.
On the one hand free-marketeers tout an overt subordination of every
aspect of the world to private property, commodity production and
quick profit making; on the other, the critics of such short term
calculus search for ways to continue the same processes indefinitely.
What a choice!
In the last few years concern with the ability of such non-governmental
networks to undercut national governments and international agreements
has grown. This concern has derived, in part, from the growing strength
such networks have derived from the use of international computer
communications. The extremely rapid spread of the computer "Net" around
the world has suggested that such networks and their influence may grow
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the following is the e-mail i originally got from my friend Wendy Oser, director of the Nuclear Guardianship Project and Coordinator of INOCHI's Safe Energy Handbook Project of Plutonium Free Future:
From email@example.com Mon Mar 16 17:47:43 1998
Subject: URGENT - From a Friend - Please Help Stop the War in Chiapas
Your friend has visited the Chiapas Alert Network and recommends that you should HELP STOP THE WAR IN CHIAPAS.
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You should visit the Chiapas Alert Network at:
to help end the political violence against the indigenous people there. Women and children have been massacred by government supported paramilitary groups. This has been happening in the america's own backyard.
The mexican army is now occupying the indigenous territory of Chiapas in a "low intensity" conflict to terrorize the villagers there. A full scale attack on the Zapatista Army is imminent if we do not act now. Many more innocent people will be killed if we remain silent. These people need your help. All it takes is a letter of support to the governments of the United States, Canada, Mexico and to the European Union.
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